Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Kansas City, KS
Cross/Touring vs. Fixed Gear-Very different
So I started commuting yesterday on my used Cross Check that I've set up as a touring bike, with fenders, rack and brooks saddle. I had been commuting on my stock Bianchi Pista for the last 8 months, but we got rid of one of the cars, so I'm riding the bike as a primary means of transport.
I can't believe how different the experience is! The Cross Check feels like a tank, weight wise, but I don't have troubles getting up hills, due to the gears (duh). It feels more like a bike that is made for going long distances, which is what I got the bike for, but it still goes fast, just in a different way. I'll probably put the 23cm tyres back on the pista, so the contrast will be even greater. I'll mostly use the fixed gear for alleycats and recreational, while I'll be putting in most of my miles on the cross check.
Just some observations from the midwest...